Samuel Schein


Beaufort, SC


Samuel Schein (1868-1917), a well-educated soldier in the Russian army, immigrated to the United States in 1900 to escape the brutal, and often fatal, conditions imposed on him and other Jewish men by their military superiors. Upon his arrival in the United States, Schein joined his brother David Schein (1875-1950) in Beaufort. In 1905, Samuel Schein opened a store about seven miles north of Beaufort on land that is now a part of the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. On December 1, 1917, a young man murdered Schein in his store. After Schein’s murder, his wife, Esther Mark Schein (1875-1933) continued to run the store until around 1925.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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